Do Nvidia GPUs actually work with Mint 19?

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Do Nvidia GPUs actually work with Mint 19?

Post by SpectralLine » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:12 pm

I'm currently experiencing a whole host of issues with my Mint Cinnamon 19 installation, to the point where I've decided a fresh install is all I can do. One thing that seems to be recurring throughout most, if not all of my issues, is not having a working Nvidia driver. So before I do a fresh install - is there a version of Mint that is stable and works with an Nvidia 1050Ti graphics card, or should I just abandon this distro all together? I know it's an Ubuntu derivative, but would vanilla Ubuntu have better support for this sort of thing?

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Re: Do Nvidia GPUs actually work with Mint 19?

Post by carum carvi » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:56 pm

Welcome to the forum SpectralLine,

Just as you I experienced great troubles with making my Nvidea graphics card run on Linux. Quite unsettling I can imagine to experience this. But there is an easy solution. Use the Linux Nouveau graphics driver and all your problems probalby will be solved with one mouse click.

After a new install, select Driver Management at the Welcome Screen. And select the Nouveau Driver. Even if the Nvidea driver is being recommended. Nvidea is constantly recommended for my system as well in previous Linux OS, but simply selecting the nouveau driver solved all my graphics issues.

If you have issues with your Nvidea card in LinuxMint chances are great you will have the same problems in other Linux OS.

Only in case trying out my suggestion of selecting the Nouveau driver doesnt work, then please report back for more detailed help by posting your specs of your hardware so that other forumembers can be of better help to you.

Copy the following command into your Terminal. ( You can find the Terminal software in your Menu)

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inxi -Fxz

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Re: Do Nvidia GPUs actually work with Mint 19?

Post by ajgringo619 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:42 pm

It's really hit-and-miss with Nvidia drivers and Linux in general, not just Mint. I've been lucky - my GeForce 960X runs flawlessly on Mint XFCE 19.1, using the Ubuntu PPA and driver version 415.25.

How are you installing the drivers?
Mint 19.2 Cinnamon
kernel 5.0.0-25-generic
AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core w/16 GB RAM
Nvidia GeForce 960 w/2GB RAM (430.40)

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Re: Do Nvidia GPUs actually work with Mint 19?

Post by Pjotr » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:44 pm

Yes. Very well indeed.
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